Every year, VYC hosts a regatta to commemorate Dia de la Revolucion. This year we are expecting Optimists, Lasers and sailboards for our event, scheduled for November 18 and 19. This is the first club regatta of the season - come on out as a spectator or as a volunteer and enjoy the race!
The action-packed Banderas Bay Blast, is three days of 'nothing serious' sailing fun as well as sailor socializing on land. The fun is set for three days: the Banderas Bay Blast December 12-13 and the Pirates for Pupils Spinnaker Run on December 14. This event, now in it's 10th year, is sponsored by Latitude 38, Marina La Cruz, PV Sailing, Punta de Mita Yacht & Surf Club and Vallarta Yacht Club.
The event will start at La Cruz Marina around noon on December 12 for a sail around the bay, then back to La Cruz for a pool side BBQ and games. We understand that water balloons will be involved! On day two we head to Punta de Mita and anchor out, then head to shore for a beach party and the usual opening of the Punta de Mita Yacht & Surf Club. Watch out for the paddle! Day three we dress like pirates and sail downwind to VYC in the Pirates for Pupils Spinnaker Run for charity, and party the night away!
Ready to sign up? Click here (and don't forget to tell us your pirate name!)
In addition to a great group of people, a world-class boating program, and an excellent bar, VYC also has a world-class kitchen!
Every year, a group of lucky volunteers get to be part of a panel to taste the new creations that our chef wants to put on the menu. This year, Chef Pablo didn't dissapoint, creating an excellent slate of new dishes to add to some of our old favorites!
Here are some of the dishes you can look forward to on the new club menu, which will be available after Opening Day:
Blue Cheese Salad
Green salad with onion, cucumber, apple, pineapple, bacon, and shrimp, with blue cheese dressing
Lemon Mixed Salad
Green salad with lemon and oregano vinagarette, with arrachera steak.
French Onion Soup
Chicken broth with white onion, bacon, and white wine
Asparagus Cream Soup
With onion, garlic, and Lyncott cream
Shrimp, chicken, or beef, with red chili pepper sauce, Spanish paprika, beans, rice and guacamole
Chicken Breast with Spinach
Stuffed with goat cheese, spinach and herbs. Served with vegetables, mashed potato and three chili bell pepper sauce
Casse and almonds with a touch a basil, mashed potato and green beans
Steak of the Day (Rib Eye, New York Strip or Beef Fillet)
With red wine sauce, asparagus and a stuffed potato with bacon
This upcoming sailing season is going to be a very busy time around Banderas Bay 2018. To make things a bit easier to follow we have put everything in one place for you. Many of you have experienced this hectic sailing calendar in the past, but for those not familiar with it, here are a few things you might want to know.
Every January, Vallarta Yacht Club kicks of the regatta season with the Vallarta Cup Series. Racing happens every Saturday, followed by racers gathering at the club with the best burgers and live music. It’s a perfect opportunity to share stories of the day, who broke what, and what the strategy will be next week.
The Cruise out to Tenacita is something we haven't done for a few years, but we hope to bring it back in 2018. The plan is to head down to Tenacita and enjoy a few days away from the crowds in the marinas. There is always a lot to do in the beautiful bay and just that much more fun in the company of like-minded cruisers. Of course, there is always an opportunity catch a few fish along the way. Maybe an informal regatta will break out. Who knows? But there is definitely fun to be had.
The WesMex International Small Boat Regatta will begin March 1-4. This event will include Optimists, Lasers, C420’s Windsurfers and Hobie 16’s. Many classes have chosen WesMex to be a qualifier for various championships, including the 2018 Optimist North American Championship, the 2018 Laser Youth Worlds and the Hobie 16 Central American Games
With that, we are expecting over 300 competitors, making this potentially the largest WesMex every held.
The San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race will begin on March 2 and finish at Marina Vallarta. They will then be joined by the MEXORC fleet for races throughout the pay. These two ocean going events will surely attract a lot of spectators around the bay.
Banderas Bay Regatta, in its 26th year is shaping up to be a huge event. The organizers are expecting to have many of the San Diego an MEXORC boats compete in BBR XXVI. There should be plenty of opportunities for those with racing experience, but no boat and opportunity to crew. Of course, BBR will include its signature 4 nights of parties and 3 days of racing followed by the signature beach party.
And last, but not least, from June 24 – July 1, the Vallarta Yacht Club will be host to the 2018 Optimist North American Championship where we will see 180 young competitors ages 12 – 15 from 22 countries. Hosting these international championships for young competitors is always a rewarding experience. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the event. More information will be coming soon. But know that volunteers are a must to guarantee the success of this event!
This may be rushing it a bit; but I do want to be among the first to welcome all of you back to our VYC “Paradise” for the next season of fun activities ashore and an exciting variety of Club, Regional, National and International sailing competitions.
Our Youth Members, as usual, are way ahead of the rest of us, as they have started school and resumed regular weekday sailing lessons. Sunday, the 12th of November is the official Opening Day commemorating VYC’s 15th Anniversary. November 18th & 19th will see the Club hosting the regional Regata de Revolucion with the Fall Junior Sailing Fundraiser and welcoming the 9 – 15 large power boats making the CUBAR Rally from the San Diego Yacht Club.. The following week is Thanksgiving and December 2nd is our annual charity Taste of Nuevo and Chili Cook-off event. Also, in December, we will have our annual Christmas Open House (as in “ Christmas Tree Decorating Party”) and Christmas Dinner.
I am pretty sure most of you well remember that our club chef of nearly 13 years decided to move on in his career. And unfortunately for us members, he resigned this past April. We did not attempt to replace him during the slack summer months because Vidal very aptly was able to satisfy our summertime kitchen cuisine demands. Rudy did hire a very well qualified chef who already amazing us with his culinary skills as he began his employment at VYC in September. If you can, I suggest you come back a bit earlier this year to help us all select his menu items for this coming season.
If you attended or read the Minutes of the 2017 AGM or saw it in the previous Commodore’s Corner; your Board of Directors has established the new dues structure for all Plankowners and Gold & Red Flag members. The key points are that we have all membership renewals coming due on January 1 and we offer ONLY Part-time and Full-time Flag memberships. If a member wants to pay for their membership by the month, they will need to pay an additional finance fee for that arrangement. These new Plankowner and Flag memberships have dues amounts set at $500 for a Part-time 6 months and $850 for a Full-time 12 month period. If a member wants to pay dues monthly, the membership is $525 (525/6 = $87.50 per month) for Part-time and $900 (900/12 = $75.00 per month) for Full-time. The 2 and 4 months minimum are still in place as originally intended to be used if a member was absent from the area for a year or more period of time to keep the membership in good standing.. A different way of saying it is: “an excused absence that was allowed if the member gave a written request to the Club Treasurer”.
These actions regarding our dues structure were found to be necessary to 1) meet the lagging financial means to meet the Club’s fixed costs and 2) reduce the ongoing accounting load placed upon the club administrative staff.
Lastly, I wish to inform you that we have reached a written agreement with the Paradise Marina to pay VYC a monthly limited privileges membership fee (donation) for the Captain and full-time crew of each boat at least 80 feet in length; that rents a slip for one month or more.
The Vallarta Sailing Foundation is now well into its third year of helping our youth sailors acquire sailing skills, gain a respect for the marine environment and compete in amateur regional, national and international sailing competitions.
If you wish to make a sizeable cash donation of any part (or all) of your annual mandatory IRA distribution, you can instruct that the amount you wish to contribute be sent directly to the Vallarta Sailing Foundation. Thus, you avoid owing any income tax applicable to that amount and, in fact, receive a 100% tax credit!
And, until now, tax deductible donations to the Foundation could only be made by check, cash or wire transfer. But, effective immediately, you may also make your donation of any amount by credit/debit card or your PayPal account. Use your credit card and earn points as well as the tax deduction.
To make a donation by either of these methods, enter the VYC website www.vallartayachtclub.org , select the Sailing Foundation from the menu on the right, and simply press the “DONATE” button at the bottom of this page. Complete the standard credit card form or make the donation from your existing PayPal account.
If you have an IRA account, you can send donate any amount at any time by either check or wire transfer directly from your IRA account. Thereby, receiving a 100% tax credit for the full amount of the donation. This is a very attractive option for those of you, like myself, that are of the age of annual mandatory IRA distributions. Simply instruct your IRA account manager to issue the wire or check to the Vallarta Sailing Foundation as follows:
Vallarta Sailing Foundation 9000 Crow Canyon Road, Suite S-384 Danville, CA 94506